Current and prospective students all over the world are interested in a college education, but are held back by common setbacks like a full-time job, a military career, family obligations, or a hectic schedule. Some of these students have begun to turn to online education programs to fulfill their educational goals, pursuing an academic degree that is just as rewarding and lucrative as the traditional campus-based alternative.
But how do students know that online education fulfills the same academic standards as campus-based educational programs? This year, the U.S. Department of Education released a study powered by over a decade of research suggesting that combined online and campus based programs are more beneficial to the student than solely campus based learning, because they offer a more enriching and profitable experience. Hybrid learning—the combination of both online schooling and campus schooling — is the USDE’s suggested educational model.
So how does a student find an online education program that’s right for them?
The first step is to identify what type of online degree program holds the greatest interest. There’s a huge difference between an online Associate Degree program and an online Master of Science. The student should first identify whether they are interested in vocational training, an Associate Degree, a Bachelor Degree, or a Master Degree, plus the field that they’d like to focus in: be it Science, Arts, or Business.
The second step is to decide which specific online education program is the best choice. This involves finding out which programs are available from the many online degree program providers. For instance, if the student is interested in a general online Masters Degree in Business Administration, then a broad range of schools are available to choose from, such as Saint Leo University, American Sentinel University, and Hawai’i Pacific University. Delving into the offers from each school, and for each program, will help the student make a more informed decision about which one is right for them. Things to consider include length of the program, cost of the degree, areas of emphasis, and options for continuing higher education.
The third step is to check the school’s accreditation. A reputable school will have some form of accreditation to back up its programs. A school’s accreditation will determine if the degree and/or course credits are transferable to other educational programs. Campus and online schools face the same accreditation procedures, ensuring equal educational standards.
Now that the student has determined the specific program that they want to attend, the last step is to enroll with that school. Students are encouraged to enroll for their programs well in advance to ensure that they don’t fill up beforehand.
Enrich your education and take control of your future today by participating in a distance learning program from an accredited college or university. And if you need any help with the enrollment process, be sure to let us know!